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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
The year is 1904
Posted Monday, August 22, at 8:27 AM
Return with me now to the thrilling days of yesteryear. If you remember that opening line to a very popular radio show of yesteryear you also know who Dan Reed was and to whom he was related. The year is 1904. Life was different then and in many ways it was far superior to life today. In many ways it was far inferior to life today. Let's look at life as it was then and I'll let you determine if you would prefer to live then or now...

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Don't ask, don't tell
Posted Monday, July 18, at 2:56 PM

Sarah, who reads my column in the Martinsville Reporter-Times, alerted me to an article on the Internet that was titled, "Ten things you should not say to a person who is overweight." Is this a subtle hint to watch my language when I speak to those who are euphemistically described as hefty, robust, chubby, husky, big boned, curvy, full figured, a walking cheese ball, taller lying down than standing up, urban sumo, buffet king, gravitationally challenged, plus size, and my favorite was on the box of a purchase I made at the Big and Tall Store that said, "For the man of dimension. ...

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The saga of Ann and public restrooms continues
Posted Tuesday, July 5, at 12:30 PM

In an earlier column I revealed how Ann was mortified at discovering a man in the woman's restroom at the theater but she was in the wrong one. Ann and her husband took two of their young grandsons out to eat. During a trip to Ft. Necessity, she became trapped in a stall...

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Ann's face was as red as a South Florida sunset
Posted Tuesday, July 5, at 12:29 PM

How do I describe Ann? She is polite, pleasant, funny, serious when the situation demands it; proper and conservative. Traditional. A Christian, her life is lived out within the structure of the "Word." That does not insulate her from unusual events and situations that creep into life like a heavy fog in New England...

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Forty seems about right
Posted Monday, May 23, at 11:19 AM

Many years ago the phrase "life begins at 40" was in vogue; a vain attempt to paddle down the river of Denial with Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. Now I hear such phrases as "60 is the new 50", 80 is the new 70 and other such numbers in vain attempts to deny one is old...

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I am in training
Posted Monday, May 16, at 2:45 PM

Television programming is mostly trite and boring. It always has been. The Golden Age of TV is a myth. I am chagrined to admit that recently I was so bored I watched the World's Strongest Man Competition. Exhausting. They did inspire me to follow their training...

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Who do you trust?
Posted Thursday, May 5, at 7:08 PM

One summer BW and I drove to Washington, D.C. I grow weary just remembering all the places we visited. Then we motored homeward through Gatlinburg. There is no place more rakish, more garish, spawning more visual pollution that seems to be the plight of every popular tourist site in America...

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Differences between men and women
Posted Monday, April 11, at 12:14 PM

To those still learning, there are major differences between men and women. I share the following to support my premise. Names - If Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call each other Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara. If Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy...

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Bombinate defines TV ads
Posted Wednesday, April 6, at 11:03 AM

I hate irritating television advertisements. It is extremely rare that any of them convince me to purchase the item being touted. Some stations display as many or more minutes of advertising than programming. I thought cable was introduced as an alternative to ads. Am I wrong about that? Sometimes when the program returns after a hurricane of ads I often forget what I am watching. My blood pressure rises several points during the telethon of ads. So I read as I watch...

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Daniel loved to run
Posted Monday, February 29, at 11:10 AM

Daniel was a runner. He loved to run. Starting at an early age he showed his capability to race and beat his contemporaries. He became an icon similar to Michael Jordan and Nike today, Jeff Gordon for Pepsi and Dupont, Christie Brinkley for Total Gym and cosmetics, Danica Patrick for Go Daddy, Serena Williams for Nike and Dennis Haysbert for Allstate Insurance. It can be safely argued that Daniel showed the way for these notables of today...

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How much can I earn by not raising hogs?
Posted Monday, February 8, at 11:43 PM

Mr. (Tom) Vilsack (Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture): I know that you are the secretary of Agriculture and are influential in agricultural committees and programs. My friend, Elzy Cadge over at Calvertville, Indiana, received a check for $1,000 from the government for not raising hogs. ...

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The dirty rat let them down
Posted Monday, February 1, at 4:12 PM

What would you do if you were confronted with a rat? I don't mean a friendly looking animal that Disney would draw such as the lovable mouse in the movie Stuart Little. I am talking about a mean, ugly, dirty, menacing rat! Mike and Cindy were flying by the seat of their pants, taking a leisurely off-season vacation through the Smokey Mountains. ...

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Grandmother and granddaughter without technology
Posted Monday, January 18, at 9:51 AM

Recently we were sitting in a crowded restaurant having lunch with some friends engaged in normal conversation. I glanced about the restaurant and saw two people sitting at a table designed just for two. It might as well have been on a desert island or on a mountain top. The two persons sitting there were oblivious to their surroundings. Their eyes were locked in like an old Zenith AM radio when you find the correct station...

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Things you should never say at work
Posted Monday, January 4, at 5:04 PM

I read the following article on the Internet that lists things you should never say at work if you wish to have a positive environment. "Who are you voting for?" The writer thinks that political issues are divisive and hinder collaborative efforts. Some may feel bullied. Is everything bullying now?...

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We do everything with our hands -- Almost
Posted Monday, December 28, at 10:43 AM

About two days into her life of a broken arm, trying to adjust to the pain and suffering and not being able to use her right arm -- she is a righty -- BW moaned, "It is amazing what you can't do with just one hand, one arm." So, I became her right hand man and much of her left hand man also. A long time ago we promised each to love in sickness or health. We still mean it...

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The wind always blows the wrong way
Posted Monday, December 14, at 9:48 AM

For some reason it seems that the wind blows the wrong way most of the time. Is it just me or do you feel the same way? If I want the wind to blow south it blows north. If I want the wind to stop blowing, it continues to blow. If I want the wind to blow, it will not...

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I just can't explain it
Posted Monday, November 30, at 8:33 PM

There are some aspects of life that cannot be explained. At least I cannot explain them. There are no words, no rationale or reasons that justify or account for why something exists or just happened or has happened or continues to happen. All logic is disregarded. It makes me ask, "What is happening? What is this world coming to? Did you see that? What was that? What is that?"...

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Thanksgiving on the sitcoms is disastrous
Posted Tuesday, November 24, at 10:36 AM

I have seldom seen a Thanksgiving Dinner on a situation comedy or drama that went well. Most movies also follow the hackneyed, trite, clichés making the day and meal a catastrophe. Everything that can go wrong does. The people are inept, rude, crude, brash and everything but thankful. Only one person is sane; the woman at whose house the event is held...

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Her five dollar coupon cost $900
Posted Thursday, September 10, at 10:27 PM

As we are all aware when your knee hurts, as BW is experiencing, it is not good to aggravate it by cooking or cleaning or laundry, or running the Sprawl-Mart-A-Thon. Yesterday, we experienced the dining pleasure at one of Plainfield's finest culinary bistros.There is a new Brazilan concept of dining that is being introduced to the metro area.It is called Fogo De Chao and the chef brings a huge piece of beef on a spit to your table and you select how much you want and to what level of cooking.Elegant.Nothing is too good for my sweet lotus petal.We did not eat there.Okay, we went through the senior buffet at KFC.Sure, you only dine at ten star places where the elite meet and greet.. ...

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That's A Million Dollar Rain
Posted Monday, August 17, at 10:41 PM

We were spending some time with our daughter and her family this week. They live out in the country in a far flung subdivision. While there a glorious and wonderful thunderstorm rumbled through the area. I stood out on their roofed deck and drank in the glory of rain as I used to do on the farm. The rain came down in sheets, straight down, a Noah rain...

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